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Charlie Ware, a licensed Hollywood, Florida acupuncturist and acupoint injection therapist, was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of administering questionable injections to as many a dozen patients, some of whom suffered ill-side effects, news sources report. Ware, 39, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on three counts of attempting to practice medicine without a license. He has since been released on a $4,500 bail bond. No attorney appears to have spoken on Ware’s behalf.

According to reports, Ware is a licensed acupuncturist who has his own office at 3800 South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida. Ware is licensed to perform a special form of acupuncture called “acupoint injection therapy,” which allows acupuncturists to inject patients with FDA-authorized substances. Ware reportedly advertised his services partially through Groupon, an online coupon website.

“If [the injection is] done within the scope of the practice, there’s basically no risk factor,” a licensed acupuncturist spokesperson reportedly said regarding the case. “If [the substance is] not approved to be injected, you shouldn’t be injecting it. That’s the standard that we go by.” It is not clear whether Ware will be allowed to continue practicing acupuncture if he is released on bail pending his trial.

Ware injected at least one patient with a substance that had not been approved by the FDA, reports allege. After the arrest, Ware said he had treated at least 12 patients with Simildet, a skin-tightening substance manufactured by a Spanish pharmaceutical company. The substance contains agents suspected to be toxic and is meant to be used on the surface of the skin, sources say.

Ware is accused of injecting Simildiet into Coral Springs resident Viktoria Kogan face back in February 2012, sources allege. Kogan, 44, visited Ware’s office after someone referred her to Ware; she wanted a treatment to lessen her wrinkles, sources say. Ware purportedly failed to offer her written information on his treatment, which caused some trepidation for Kogan. However, Ware reportedly told her not to worry because he was going to inject her with “good ingredients.”
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A Pompano Beach, Florida tow truck/public transit bus collision sent 32 people to area hospitals on Thursday, news sources report. The victims were not immediately available following the incident; they were treated at several area hospitals. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, no charges have been filed. It remains to be seen whether any of the victims will file for damages.

The bus in the case is part of the Broward County Transit system – bus #0736. Sources did not identify the driver by name. The tow truck involved in the crash is reportedly part of Auto Club Towing, which is based off Sheridan Street in Hollywood. The driver of that vehicle has likewise not been identified. Auto Club Towing appears to have remained mum regarding the crash, as has the Broward County Transit system.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 3:45 Thursday afternoon in the 1400 block of West Sample Road in Pompano Beach, near the crossing of Andrews Avenue. Reports say a tow truck was behind the bus in the same lane when it rear-ended the bus. Further details, such as whether the bus was stopping at the time, were not available.

In all, 32 people were injured in the collision; it is unclear how many of them were in the bus or the tow truck. One of the victims apparently sustained serious injuries, while the others sustained more minor injuries. The majority of the victims were taken to Northwest Medical Center, Broward Health North Medical Center, and Broward Health Imperial Point. Nine victims were taken to the Holy Cross Hospital. An update on the victims’ conditions was not immediately available at press time.

Rear-end collisions with buses are common, since buses frequently stop at bus stops to unload and pick up passengers. Earlier this month, a Davie school bus was struck from behind by a pickup truck in a crash that injured four people, two of whom were minors, sources report. The victims’ injuries appear to have been minor. The details of the crash are still under investigation. “The truck driver appeared to be at fault,” a police spokesperson reportedly said of the incident.
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Tomas Portuondo, a Pembroke Pines, Florida insurance salesman and youth coach, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually abusing a preteen girl over a period of three years, news sources report. Portuondo, 25, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on 11 counts relating to the lewd and lascivious molestation on a child between 12 and 16 by a person over 18. A county judge ordered that he be held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Sources say Portuondo is a coach for a girls’ basketball team in Broward County. In addition, reports say Portuondo also served as an insurance sales representative. So far, it is unclear whether the youth team has spoken out about these allegations against their former coach. The allegations do not appear to be related to Portuondo’s role as a coach.

According to reports, the abuse started in April 2010 when the victim was 11 years old. Reports say Portuondo was friends with the victim’s family. The details of the alleged abuse, such as where it purportedly took place and what it involved, were not specified in reports. The sexual abuse continued for three years until it drew to a close in March of this year.

The victim’s mother went to the police regarding the sexual misconduct in March, sources say. During an investigation, police supposedly discovered text messages regarding the abuse that the victim had sent. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine whether there may be any more victims. The Pembroke Pines Police Department Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with more information to either call or email. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
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Matthew Joseph Shultz and William McAbee of Orlando, Florida were allegedly found in a hotel room that was serving as an unlicensed silicon injection clinic on Saturday, news sources report. It is unclear whether McAbee was arrested, but Shultz, 38, was booked into police custody on charges of practicing medicine without a license. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail. The press did not specify an attorney for Shultz, nor is it known whether any of his purported patients will be filing for damages.

According to reports, Shultz has been offering clients silicone injections for the past six years. Silicone injections typically work by enhancing a person’s physical looks. Shultz’s alleged operation lasted over half a decade; it is unclear whether any of his patients fell ill during that time, as a police investigation is ongoing.

Since Shultz does not have a license to operate as a physician, sources say he operated clients out of hotel rooms in the Broward and Orlando areas. Clients would reportedly pay between $100 and $1,200 for the illegal injections. Shultz’s latest operation was purportedly based out of the La Quinta Inn at 8180 Peters Road in Plantation.

Police reportedly received a tip about the operation and responded to the inn. There, officers confronted a woman as she was leaving one of Shultz’s rooms that he rented. The woman had just had a silicone injection to her eyebrow, which she pad Shultz $100 for, sources allege.

Police searched the hotel room Shultz was found in and discovered a dozen bottles containing a substance police suspect silicone, along with 51 bottles of Lidocaine, a substance used to numb the body. The officers also found needles, gauze (some used), syringes, latex gloves, scissors, glue, pantyhose, and a suitcase holding $18,042 in cash, reports say.

McAbee, who was present when Shultz was found, reportedly claimed that he was in the room when Shultz injected clients. However, he purportedly denied performing any injections. It is not clear in reports what he was doing with Schultz, nor is it clear whether he will be facing criminal charges.
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Guadalupe Shaw and Katelyn Roman, Polk County, Florida middle school students, were arrested Monday after Rebecca Ann Sedwick, 12, committed suicide, purportedly because of continued bullying by the pair, news sources report. The child defendants, ages 14 and 12 respectively, were taken into police custody on Monday on charges of aggravated stalking. Roman has since been released to her family’s care, but Shaw remains in custody with the Department of Juvenile Justice. The press did not specify whether the defendants’ parents have hired attorneys on behalf of their children.

According to reports, the incident started at Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland, which all three of the girls attended as sixth-graders. When Shaw began dating a boy Sedwick had once dated, she allegedly began to harass Sedwick. Roman, who had originally been friends with the victim, joined in in the bullying, sources allege. News reports suggest that as many as 15 female students may have joined in tormenting the victim.

The defendants “repeatedly and maliciously” bullied Sedwick at school on a regular basis, according to reports. “Several students corroborated stories of both girls bullying Sedwick on different occasions through name-calling, intimidation, threats to beat her up, and at least one actual physical fight,” a police report supposedly says. Based on reports, Shaw is accused of calling Sedwick ugly and telling her to commit suicide. Earlier this year, Roman was removed from school after she reportedly physically attacked the victim.

Sedwick’s mother transferred her daughter to home-schooling before enrolling her at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, physically removing Sedwick from the bullying. However, the alleged bullying continued via text messages and Facebook. Sources say Shaw used Facebook to send the victim messages telling her she was unattractive and suggesting she kill herself by drinking bleach.

On September 10, Sedwick posted on a friends Facebook page, reportedly saying, “I’m jumping and I can’t take it anymore.” Sources say she then went to a decrepit concrete factory, where she climbed to the top of a silo and jumped off. The fall resulted in her death.
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